Roof closed for women's final at Wimbledon

Roof closed for women's final at Wimbledon

Muguruza powered her way to her first title at Wimbledon and second at a Grand Slam tournament Saturday, beating a fading Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 by claiming the final's last nine games.

While Muguruza's forehand looked a little fragile, there was nothing wrong with her backhand in the early encounters, and indeed it was Williams who looked as though she was going to capitalise first as she brought up the first break point of the match. Muguruza, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2015 but lost to Serena, won last year's French Open. "I mean, she played top tennis, so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match", Williams said. So I just keep fighting.

"There's always something to learn from the matches you win and the ones you don't", Williams said after the match. Instead, she paid the price for a surprisingly nerve-ridden display that condemned her to a second Grand Slam disappointment this year following her Australian Open final loss against Serena.

"But when I had those set points against me, I'm like: 'Hey, it's normal". I wanted to go my way the fastest as possible, just not get too complicated. She never changed her game plan and on that point and the ones that followed she made Williams work so very hard at the back of the court.

The second set was a complete masterclass from the Spaniard, who was putting her previous doubles prowess to good use.

"For me it was a challenge to play her, growing up watching her play".

Federer overcame semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych's serve to progress into Sunday's decider, but seventh seed Cilic has more weapons in his arsenal and has a prime opportunity to advance towards becoming one of tennis' newest heavyweights.

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It was an anticlimactic conclusion to the fortnight for Williams, Wimbledon's oldest female finalist since Martina Navratilova, 37, was the runner-up to Martinez in 1994. "Two years ago I lost to Serena in the final and she told me one day I'd win".

"I think today [Saturday], you know, I played well".

The question was put to Williams at her post-match press conference but went unanswered.

But Cilic, 28, is playing some of the best tennis of his career at SW19-without a doubt the best he's shown at Wimbledon-and the stage seems nearly set for him to deny Federer a historic eighth crown when it's so close. I feel like that's where I want to be, that's what I practise for. On the first set point, a 20-stroke exchange ended when Williams blinked first, putting a forehand into the net. I'm happy to go to the Centre Court and to play the best player. It took me a while actually to calm down, to say, Hey, it's grass, you have to adapt to the surface.

Muguruza said: "Eastbourne was such a short tournament, I didn't play well there".

"I still know that it's a big mountain to climb", Cilic said. If I lose the first the set, I still have two more.

Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. "I believe I can do that".

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